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Gina Kingsbury and Troy Ryan to lead Canada’s National Women’s Team through 2025-26 season

Kingsbury to serve as general manager; Ryan renews as head coach

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November 5, 2023
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CALGARY, Alberta – Hockey Canada has announced that Gina Kingsbury (Rouyn-Noranda, QC/Toronto, PWHL) and Troy Ryan (Spryfield, NS/Toronto, PWHL) will lead Canada’s National Women’s Team as general manager and head coach, respectively, through the 2025-26 season, culminating in the 2026 Olympic Winter Games. 

Kingsbury departed Hockey Canada in September to become the first general manager of PWHL Toronto, while Ryan, who signed on as the full-time head coach of the National Women’s Team last August, will be the head coach at all events and camps while also serving as the head coach of PWHL Toronto. The duo will lead Canada through major international events such as the IIHF Women’s World Championship and Rivalry Series, culminating with the 2026 Olympics in Milan, Italy.

“We are thrilled to have Gina and Troy continue to lead our National Women’s Team through the 2026 Olympics and provide consistency to our program,” said Scott Salmond (Creston, BC), senior vice-president of hockey operations. “While the landscape of women’s professional hockey has changed, Gina and Troy’s commitment to Hockey Canada while also holding important roles in the PWHL demonstrates the importance of our program and representing our country while growing the professional game.”

Kingsbury helped lead Canada’s National Women’s Team to back-to-back gold medals at the 2021 and 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championships, and added two silver (2018, 2023) and one bronze (2019) at Women’s Worlds. She also won silver and gold at the 2018 and 2022 Olympic Winter Games, respectively, and helped guide Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team to three gold medals (2019, 2022, 2023) at the IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship, along with three silver (2016, 2018, 2020). Kingsbury also served as an assistant coach at the 2016 U18 Women’s Worlds, winning a silver medal.

“I am excited to return to the National Women’s Team and continue to work towards our collective goal of winning gold medals at the world championship and Olympics,” Kingsbury said. “While my role will look a little different than before, I continue to have the same amount of pride in wearing the Maple Leaf and I remain committed to helping build a team that Canadians can be proud to support over the next three seasons.”

Ryan has served as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Team since 2020. He most recently won a silver medal at the 2023 IIHF Women’s World Championship, as well as gold medals at the 2021 and 2022 IIHF Women’s World Championships and 2022 Olympic Winter Games. As an assistant coach, Ryan earned a silver medal at the 2018 Olympics, silver at the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship and bronze at the 2019 IIHF Women’s World Championship. He also won a silver medal as head coach of Canada’s National Women’s Under-18 Team at the 2017 IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship.

“It is an honour to represent my country, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to coach Canada’s National Women’s Team as we work towards defending our Olympic gold medal in 2026,” Ryan said. “Our players and staff are a world-class group, and I look forward to continuing to work alongside them as we represent Canada on the international stage.”

Canada’s National Women’s Team will take on the United States in the seven-game Rivalry Series across Canada and the U.S. throughout the 2023-24 season ahead of the 2024 IIHF Women’s World Championship, set for April 3-14 in Utica, New York.

For more information on Hockey Canada and Canada’s National Women’s Team, please visit HockeyCanada.ca, or follow along via social media on Facebook, X and Instagram.

For more information:

Esther Madziya
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 284-6484 

emadziya@hockeycanada.ca 

Spencer Sharkey
Manager, Communications
Hockey Canada

(403) 777-4567

ssharkey@hockeycanada.ca

Jeremy Knight
Manager, Corporate Communications
Hockey Canada

(647) 251-9738

jknight@hockeycanada.ca

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